Reyes’ arrest Sunday left Ariel’s parents, Sofia and Alan Russo, angry and in disbelief.
“He has no remorse. He’s not sorry. He didn’t change,” an angry Sofia Russo told the Daily News Wednesday. “He killed my daughter. He hurt my mother. And he’s repeated the same action.”
The latest charges being lodged against the defiant Reyes stem from an incident Sunday evening — less than 5 miles from where Ariel was killed while walking to school June 4, 2013.
Cops pulled Reyes over at 6 p.m. after he failed to signal for a left turn at W. 181st St. and Amsterdam Ave. in Washington Heights, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday.
When police ordered Reyes to put his car in park, he hit the gas, the complaint reveals.
Officer Edward O’Connell reached inside the car as Reyes sped off. O’Connell, assigned to the 34th Precinct stationhouse, was dragged about 100 feet, according to the complaint.
The cop suffered “contusions to his left wrist and elbow,” the complaint says.
Reyes continued driving and struck another vehicle between Audubon and Amsterdam Aves., authorities said.
He then nearly hit a pedestrian on Audubon Ave. before abandoning the car, the complaint charges. As he tried to run away, he was encountered by police Officer Richard Natal, but he didn’t give up without a fight.
“When I attempted to arrest the defendant, he refused to put his hands behind his back, swung his arms up and down, and kicked his legs,” Natal wrote in a report.
Reyes was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and unlicensed driving.
He was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on Monday.
Reyes was expected to be arraigned Wednesday on the new indictment before Justice Gregory Carro — the same judge overseeing his manslaughter case.
Before Reyes’ latest trouble, Carro had considered giving Reyes a legal break, offering him a maximum of four years behind bars and a chance as a youthful offender to have his case eventually sealed.
But Ariel’s parents and their lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said Reyes — who is also charged with looting a dead woman’s W. 21st St. apartment with his father in June — doesn’t deserve mercy.
“Clearly, he is not entitled to youthful offender treatment and that offer should be revoked. He should stand trial in every case that he has,” Rubenstein said.
“This case should set an example to young people all over the country that if you commit these acts you will go to jail and you will go to jail a long time.”
Sofia and Alan Russo said hearing about Reyes’ arrest left them reliving the nightmare of their daughter’s death.
“I was in denial this morning when I found out,” said Sofia Russo. “I was like, ‘It can’t be. It has to be a mistake.’”
“I was hurt. I was thinking, ‘If someone does something once and they say they’re sorry and they do the exact same again, they weren’t sorry,” the mother said. “His disregard for life, people, pedestrians, people in the street — there’s no remorse. It’s so dangerous.”
She said her mother, Katia Gutierrez, was permanently disable by Russo’s recklessness and had to give up her job as a patient representative at Roosevelt Hospital.
“It’s so hard, physically, emotionally, financially,” Sofia Russo said. “She was a really hard working woman. She had a strong work ethic. It’s painful for her not to be able to work.”
She found it more than a coincidence that she’s had a recurring nightmare of Reyes running over her 7-year-old son, Jacob.
“I keep having this nightmare over and over that Jacob … and I get hit by a car — and it’s him driving,” Sofia Russo said. “It’s just this terrible nightmare I have over and over. And it’s like it came true — he did something again!”
Alan Russo vowed to continue attending all of Reyes’ court hearings to assure justice is served for his daughter.
“My daughter is in a box and he’s free to do bad things,” the father said. “He took more than just her life — he took my life and my wife’s life.”
With Jefferson Siegel